Back to School

The First Day of School: Essentials

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If you want to make sure your child is prepared for school no matter how old they are, then they’ll need a few things to get started.

Nowadays, there are so many variations of school supplies, that shopping can be a sensory overload. Notebooks with folders inside, packets of reinforcer labels, and pens with different colored inks…it’s all a bit overwhelming. If you don’t want to stray too far off the regular-school-supplies-path, then here are the essentials you can buy at a good price.

Notebooks or Binders with Looseleaf

Children will need notebooks at school, most likely in every class they take. Some children prefer a multiple-subject notebook, while others prefer a single one for each class. Instead of notebooks, you can also get your child large binders with looseleaf paper, or thinner binders for each subject. Notebooks are easier to carry, but with binders, they can remove the old notes once they are no longer needed.

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Pens, Pencils, and a Pencil Cases

All students are going to need something to write with. Time to stack up on the pens and pencils! A pack of BIC pens in black and blue is a good option for kids. For pencils, young children will do better with #2 pencils, while older kids will do better with mechanical pencils. To keep you from buying a new pack of pens or pencils for your child every two weeks, make sure to get them a pencil case so everything can stay organized.


Pencils that come with an eraser on the back will eventually leave smudges all over your child’s paper. Therefore, when you go school supplies shopping, make sure to pick up a pack of extra rubber erasers that they can keep handy in their pencil case.

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Yes, most notebooks and binders come with folders inside, but they are not always ideal. If kids use those, then their papers will eventually end up all crumpled. Instead, stick with the regular, two pocket folders, or even a folder file. Just make sure kids empty it out every so often!

It should be easy to find any of these supplies at Target, Walmart, or Staples Promotional Products. These stores are currently having sales and promotions for back to school, so you can save a lot of money on your purchases. 

Art Supplies

At the elementary age, students will need just a few things for class. A pack of washable markers, crayons, or colored pencils will be good for making projects. Also, some mini-scissors, a glue stick, and some scotch tape. You can get some awesome art supplies off of Amazon at an affordable price, delivered right to your front door.

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A Lunch Box

Last but certainly not least, children of all ages will need something to carry their lunch in. And, lunchboxes can get tricky. In elementary school, kids will be really excited to have one with some characters on it or cool zippers on it. However, once kids reach middle school, they may not be so keen to carry around a bulky lunch box. Instead, you can get them a lunch bag, which isn’t as bold. Check out Bed Bath and Beyond for good deals on lunch boxes.

Not sure what to get your child for back to school? Then stick to buying these essentials without breaking the bank.